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What to Feed Baby Chicks to Make Them Thrive
February 20, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Knowing what to feed baby chicks is a critical first step to giving them a fighting chance. Precocial as they may be, chicks are still vulnerable to their environment, which is why we as good stewards must give them the tools to survive and thrive.

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
February 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured are not purebred chickens at all but crossbreeds / hybrid chickens hatcheries produce for very specific purposes – such as egg production.

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Keeping Guinea Fowl: Reasons to Love Them or Not
February 11, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Guinea fowl undoubtedly spark more debates than any other barnyard poultry species. Some people love them, others despise them. What’s all the fuss about? Here are eight great …

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Guinea Fowl Care: Housing and Winter Survival
February 10, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Guinea fowl that are trained to roost inside a shelter at night will outlive those that roost in trees. Guinea fowl have been reported to have lived to be 17 years or older, but unfortunately, more lose their lives to predators than to old age.

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3 of The Best Dual-Purpose Chicken Breeds
February 8, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The best dual-purpose chicken breeds are important on the homestead because they produce both meat and eggs. Breed choice is one of those topics that every chicken keeper has definite feelings about.

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How to Pick the Best Chicken Feeders and Waterers
February 8, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Feeding backyard chickens should hypothetically be a simple thing to do. You know what can chickens eat, but when the chicken feeders and waterers we buy fail to …

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Hatching Duck Eggs
February 5, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Hatching duck eggs is an awe-inspiring experience. Since domestic duck breeds rarely go broody (i.e. sit on fertile eggs until they hatch), using an incubator is generally your best bet.

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Helping Your Flock Get the Most Out of Their Meals

Add to Favorites Choosing a feed for your chickens can be tricky. There are tons of options in the feed aisle — every bag claiming to give your bird exactly …

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Barnevelder Chicken Adventures

Add to Favorites Ryan B. Walden, Wisconsin – It was the winter of 2007, I had been chickenless for several months, and the snow was deep. Cabin fever was at its peak. …

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